While some of our favorite food fights and slap stick moments happen on a studio set, many movie and television scenes are filmed in popular and famous restaurants and bars. Most of them are fairly accessible locations that you can actually visit on your next trip to Los Angeles, Paris, Boston, New York, or Berlin. Walk in the footsteps of your favorite stars, and witness the surroundings to the sets of some famous films and shows around the globe.
James' Beach is home to some of the best fish tacos in LA, as featured in the DreamWorks film I Love You, Man. When Paul Rudd's and Jason Segel's characters go on their first "man date," their budding bromance over tacos and tequila is actually taking place at James' Beach in Venice, Calif. Many other sites in the neighborhood such as the Venice Boardwalk provided locations in this movie as well.
There are few things less iconic than Rodeo Drive, which oozes luxury. Two famous female characters will forever be remembered sauntering down the famed street swinging shopping bags. Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone) from Clueless and Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts) in Pretty Woman will forever own Rodeo Drive and its elite stores for the rest of cinematic history.
Fans of Sex and the City can visit the location where Miranda met her boyfriend's ex-wife with a trip to Kong in Paris. A breathtaking setting with floor-to-ceiling windows and views of the city, Kong's Paris locale fits right in along with many of the other unique restaurants and bars in NYC featured in Sex and the City like Monkey Bar, where Carrie sets her sights on a Jazz Man.
Even though Three's Company stopped filming in 1984, the iconic bar, The Regal Beagle, is still going strong. This Boston location is not where the show was filmed, but instead was opened as a throwback. The décor is strikingly similar to the set of Three's Company; you'll feel transported into a rerun sitting at the bar. Come and knock on their door!
The bar, from the hit television comedy Cheers, was initially just a normal pub in Boston. Its façade was shot as a setting for the show and once the ratings went through the roof, the owners quickly renamed the pub after the classic sitcom. While the interior wasn't filmed in the show, visitors can still sit at the bar sipping on drinks named after the Cheers characters. Grab a Coach's Cocktail or a Woody's Wonder!
One of the most frequently filmed locations in the show Gossip Girl is New York's Empire Hotel, which is owned by the fictional character Chuck Bass. The famous rooftop restaurant of this hotel is home to many bitch fights, face slaps, adulterous kisses, and cocktail parties in the show; the lobby and rooms are also used as filming locations. If you're lucky, you can catch a glimpse of the star-studded cast during one of its many shoots around the hotel.
On a Berlin street shot for the film Herr Lehmann, you can sneak a peek at the real life bar Madonna. The ceiling of the bar, which is reminiscent of the Sistine Chapel, was also featured in this film. The rest of Madonna features white-washed walls, wooden tables and chairs, and a stained glass window. Although it was filmed for the movie, Madonna is not one of the most famous bars in Berlin and is still only popular among locals in their 20s and 30s, not to mention German film studies majors.
If visiting filming locations is your hobby or if it's something you want to try only once, the famous restaurants and bars listed above are perfect places to start. Who knows, you might find yourself dining or boozing at a bar, restaurant, or lounge and think to yourself, "This place seems familiar." Chances are, it is, and you saw it on the big or small screen.
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